Best Places to See Fireworks in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than our nation’s capital! Washington, D.C. is THE place for fireworks and fun. Rather than wait hours to save your spot at the National Mall, try some different viewing options this year. Here are the best places to see fireworks in Washington, D.C.

Anacostia Park

source: nps’ website

I actually went here last year to view the fireworks. Just east of the river, you’ll find Anacostia Park, a less crowded alternative to see the National Mall fireworks. Come early and grill out, play sports, and enjoy the scenery!

Sky Bar

source: skybar’s website

Check out Beacon Bar & Grill’s rooftop bar, Sky Bar, for an unobstructed view of the 4th fireworks. Tickets are required for this event which features food and beverages (for purchase) and a live DJ.


source: Skydome’s website

The Skydome Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia is another premiere place for fireworks viewing in DC. You’ll want a reservation for guaranteed access. It is 15 stories up with a view of all of Washington DC. The restaurant boasts the only panoramic view of the DC skyline and has a special menu for 4th of July guests.

Cambria Hotel and Suites Rooftop Bar

source: Cambria’s website

Head downtown and sip your favorite drinks while watching the show from atop the Cambria hotel. Contact the hotel for special event tickets. The bar is typically open Thursday-Friday, but the 4th is an exception you won’t want to miss!

4th of July Cruises

source: Odyssey’s website

Cruise the Potomac River while taking in views of Washington DC monuments and the spectacular fireworks show. There are several different options for cruisers. One of our favorites is Spirit Cruises that offers a four-hour fireworks cruise complete with a three-course buffet dinner.  Odyssey Cruises offers a similar plated dinner option. The Potomac Riverboat Company has traditional barbecue food dining options (hamburgers, hotdogs) with a cash bar, but the views are just as breathtaking!

Rent a Kayak

source: Boating in dc website

Not a big boat person but still long to see the show from the water? Rent a kayak from Boating in DC and get the best seat in the house with your own private transportation!

Gravelly Point Park

source: Wikipedia

A hotspot for watching airplanes from Reagan, this park is perfect for viewing fireworks. Gravelly Point Park is in Arlington and may be difficult to get to because of road closures on the 4th. If you plan early, it’ll be a prime spot to watch the show.


source: 1905 website

For a $20 cover you’ll find yourself on the rooftop of DC’s in the Shaw neighborhood. Admission also includes three food or drink items. Enjoy grilled barbecue, drinks and friends for the low fee. Arrive early to get a seat and watch the show at dusk.


These cool places to check out the fireworks in DC are some of the best in the area. Other  rooftop hotels, bars, or offices (if you have access) will also give you some fabulous views of the nation’s best fireworks displays. Try one of these best places to see fireworks in Washington, D.C. this 4th of July!

Where do you usually go to watch the fireworks in your city?



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  1. June 29, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Gosh I love DC so much! I have only been there once three years ago and fell in love! I really want to go back in April/May when the cherry trees are blooming – I heard it’s magical!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love from Austria,

    • Le
      June 29, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Yes! Visit next Spring. You can expect the Cherry Blossoms to bloom in March/early April at the latest 🙂

  2. June 29, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    This is great! We just found out that the fireworks here are moving from their usual place near our house.

  3. July 4, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    These rooftop bars/restaurants are so neat! Makes we want to go try some out here in Toronto.

    • Le
      July 15, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      I’m actually considering a trip to Toronto next month ! Can you recommend any places ?

  4. July 4, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Oh man…there are TONS of places to catch fireworks at…SO cool!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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